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Donald E. Westlake is one of the greats of crime fiction. Under the pseudonym Richard Stark, he wrote twenty-four fast-paced, hardboiled novels featuring Parker, a shrewd career criminal with a talent for heists. Using the same nom de plume, Westlake also completed a separate series in the Parker universe, starring Alan Grofield, an occasional colleague of Parker. While he shares events and characters with several Parker novels, Grofield is less calculating and more hot-blooded than Parker; think fewer guns, more dames.
Not that there isn’t violence and adventure aplenty. The third Grofield novel, The Blackbird shares its first chapter with Slayground: after a traumatic car crash, Parker eludes the police, but Grofield gets caught. Lying injured in the hospital, Grofield is visited by G-Men who offer him an alternative to jail, and he finds himself forced into a deadly situation involving international criminals and a political conspiracy.
With a new foreword by Sarah Weinman that situates the Grofield series within Westlake’s work as a whole, this novel is an exciting addition to any crime fiction fan’s library.
About the Author
Richard Stark was one of the many pseudonyms of Donald E. Westlake (1933–2008), a prolific author of crime fiction. In 1993, the Mystery Writers of America bestowed the society’s highest honor on Westlake, naming him a Grand Master.
Praise for The Blackbird: An Alan Grofield Novel…
“Nobody tops Stark in his objective portrayals of a world of total amorality.”—New York Times
“A pleasure…Westlake’s ability to construct an action story filled with unforeseen twists and quadruple-crosses is unparalleled.”—San Francisco Chronicle
“…as elegantly and unfussily written as you'd expect.”—Nick Jones, Existential Ennui
“Energy and imagination light up virtually every page, as does some of the best hard-boiled prose ever to grace the noir genre.” –Publishers Weekly
“Grofield is a fun character; his adventures reach a new high in excitement.” – Publishers Weekly